Letter from Mary W. Driskill to Mag Caldwell and Martha W. Harris, February the 2nd 1863

February the 2nd 1863

Dear Sisters

I take My seat this Morning to write you a few lines to let you hear from Me once more I am tolerable well this morning I hope these lines will find you both well Sisters it has been A long time since I wrote to you or read A letter from you I am very lonesom these times I am living by Myself Me and My little Daughter My Husband is the army he was sick the 23 of last Month he was at Vicksburg Miss, he had not been in but one battle yet or had not the last time I heard from him he is very tierd of the war the poor soldiers has A hard time and their familys has two in this parts of the Confederacy the Men is very near all gone from this distrct and I tell you grain is very scarce though I have A plenty to do Me this year I bought last fall just A little at A place where ever I could get it I paid from one dollar and 30 cts

to one 67 cts per bushel now it is over two wheat is 6 dollars per bushel I have one turn to grind yet then I dont know whether I will ever taste biscuit again or not I have none coming and I could not get any sewed last fall it is no use to try to hire any thing done for their is no men to hire not even to cut fire wood The women that can chop has A fire and them that cant has to do without I know that I would had to suffered if My husband had not come home he was at home 13 days A Chrismas he cut wood and killed the hogs I had got so I could chop A little, but I got throwed off A horse last Nov and got My left arm hurt so I cant do any thing scarcely yet. My wrist was sprained and My thumb out of place their was two weeks that I could not do any thing atall I made about 40 bushell of potatoes last year they are saving very well so far

potatoes is selling at 2 dollars per bush butter one dollar per pound I have sold several dollars worth of butter eggs one dollar per dozen I have as good A cow as you ever milked I have but 5 hogs but that is A plenty for me to feed pork is 40 cts per pound and every thing is high shoes is 10 and 12 dollars per pair thread from 4 to 7 dollars per band their is two waggon loads of us women going to the factory to Morrow after thread the women hittches up their oven and goes themselves for their is no other chance I want to know if R C,C, is gone to the army and I want to know if you know where Brother Amzi is if he is living I haint heard from him in 12 Months and I would like to hear well I want you to write and tell Me all the news

now I must quit and fix to go to the factory I have just got word to start this evening s I must bake My doger and go, I must Say something about My baby She is a heap of company to Me and can help me a little, Whites and Taylors is all well I would like to write more but I haint time now

write soon
Mary W. Driskell

Direct to Brownville Georgia

Mag I Caldwell

Martha W. Harris

Letter from Mary W. Driskill to Mag Caldwell and Martha W. Harris, February the 2nd 1863
Letter from Mary W. Driskill of Brownsville, in Paulding County Georgia, to her sisters Mag Caldwell and Martha W. Harris in North Carolina. Mary and her young daughter are living alone on a farm while her husband serves in the Confederate Army at Vicksburg. She discusses life on the farm during the war, high food prices, being injured in a fall from a horse, and a new factory job.
February 02, 1863
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